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16 November 2006 @ 08:09 pm
What IS going on around here?  

Looking through your posts of the last day or two …

I never thought of The Ides of November (or thereabouts) as being a particularly portentous time of year, but it seems so many of you are in such tough straits at the moment …


I hurt for those of you who are hurting, who are unhappy, who are complexified. I love all of you and hope and pray for the best for you all.

I don't know. I'm out of words. Please take care of yourselves.

Current Mood: distressedconcerned
Bellarainbowravenx on November 17th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Matthew B. Tepper: This sign has sharp edgesasimovberlioz on November 17th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
I don't go on about this in my LJ, because my Los Angeles-area friends would just roll their eyes up and sigh, but I'm unhappy and complexified, for the exact same reason I have been for most of the past thirty years.
(Anonymous) on January 13th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Ides of November
In March, July, October, May / The Ides are on the fifteeth day, / The Nones on the seventh; but all besides / Have two days less for Nones and Ides. (Source: Gildersleeve's Latin Grammar)

So Ides of November would be the 13th. November 16 would be ante diem xvi Kal. Dec., the sixteenth day before the Kalends of December. To us it seems like it would be xv, but the Romans had not the concept of zero in their counting. 16th is still "on or about" the Ides however, ask any good lawyer. If you knew all this I hope you will please excuse it.

BTW Hello! How long has it been since Minneapa 100?

Randall Thomas
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 14th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Ides of November

'lo, Randall! To first answer your question, I do believe it's been several lifetimes, at least, since Minneapa 100. I'm not even sure when that was, other than "long ago and far away." To answer the question you didn't ask, it's been a long, strange trip but it's been interesting all the way—I'm more-or-less happy/content and doin' pretty well these days. Been married to the former Susan Levy for … um … about seventeen years now and our precious daughter turned fourteen just last month. Got a steady job as a typesetter. Living in Minneapolis, of course. Like that.

How have things been with you? Good, I hope. Nice to hear from you!

(Anonymous) on February 22nd, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Re: Ides of November
How have things been with us indeed? Not an easy question to answer considering the amount of time that has gone by. At Iguanacon in 1978 I had kind of an insight sort of related to that thought; before the con I thought this will be cool, and it was, it will be a multifarious, varied palette of experiences. But it turned out my trip through it was just this tunnel one human being wide, namely just what I could experience at one time, and it has to be that way, what we experience, we experience at the cost of what else we could have experienced... trivial idea if you try to say it, but when it hits you at gut level it has an impact. In a nutshell, after all these years plus rheumatoid arthritis I can still tap on the qwerty keys... you could view more at http://360.yahoo.com/nuntiograph if you wanted to. Randall